Trump meets with Martin Luther King Jr.'s oldest son on MLK Day

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Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King Jr.'s oldest son Monday to mark the national holiday commemorating the slain civil rights leader's work -- and discuss the president-elect's war of words with Georgia Rep. John Lewis over the weekend.

"First of all, I think that in the heat of emotion a lot of things get said on both sides," Martin ...Read more

After feud with a civil rights leader, Trump meets with Martin Luther King III

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump met with Martin Luther King III on Monday, a holiday commemorating the life of King's father, which this year was marked by Trump's quarrel with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a hero of the civil rights struggle.

King, the oldest surviving child of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., described the meeting at Trump Tower as ...Read more

Trump won't yet say who's giving money for his inauguration

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump is keeping the names of the people and companies donating millions of dollars to his inauguration festivities next week secret –– a break from Republican and Democratic predecessors in the White House.

At least the last three presidents, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, disclosed the names of donors ...Read more

Trump's transition hits a rough patch, polls show

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WASHINGTON -- As a developer and a reality-TV star, Donald Trump seemed to believe there was no such thing as too much publicity.

As president-elect, he's finding that's not so.

Trump hasn't yet taken the oath of office, but judging by the latest polls, he's already started to wear out his welcome.

In the weeks immediately after the election,...Read more

CIA Director John Brennan takes aim at Donald Trump for his criticism of intelligence community

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WASHINGTON -- Adding another chapter to the intense conflict between Donald Trump and the intelligence community, CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday sharply criticized the incoming president for equating spy agencies to Nazi Germany and suggested that he needed to focus more seriously on the security issues facing the nation.

"What I think Mr....Read more

Trump White House considers moving news briefings

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WASHINGTON ––The incoming Trump administration is considering moving White House news briefings out of the West Wing to accommodate more than the "Washington media elite," President-elect Donald Trump's press secretary said.

"This is about greater accessibility, more people in the process," Sean Spicer said Sunday on Fox News. Involving ...Read more

Trump aide says ethics agency director should 'be careful' about comments

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's incoming chief of staff said Sunday that the top U.S. ethics official "ought to be careful" after publicly criticizing the president-elect's plan to step down from leading his businesses while keeping his ownership interests.

"That person is becoming extremely political," Reince Priebus said Sunday of Walter Shaub ...Read more

CIA director warns Trump as tensions rise with intelligence agencies

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WASHINGTON ––The outgoing CIA director Sunday called Donald Trump's comments about the U.S. intelligence community "outrageous" and suggested that the president-elect's attitude toward Russia reflected an incomplete understanding of that country's intentions.

The comments by John Brennan on "Fox News Sunday" came as tensions rise between ...Read more

Will workplace raids, a blunt weapon in earlier illegal-immigration battles, return under Trump?

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LOS ANGELES -- Sara Saravia arrived in the United States in 1981 and quickly got a piece of advice: Watch out for the men in uniforms. If they catch you, you'll find yourself back in El Salvador.

One afternoon, she sat in a restaurant when three men walked in. They wore uniforms. Saravia bolted.

"I left my tacos on the table and took off ...Read more

Despite Trump's criticism, Atlanta's crime statistics are difficult to quantify

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ATLANTA -- President-Elect Donald Trump's Saturday tweets criticizing Rep. John Lewis also hit on a continuing issue for Atlanta residents: The city's crime problems.

The president-elect pegged the Fifth District, which Lewis has represented in Congress for 30 years, as "crime-infested."

Crime statistics are notoriously complex, and open to ...Read more

Trump starts Martin Luther King weekend by attacking civil rights leader John Lewis

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump Saturday criticized as "all talk ... no action" Rep. John Lewis, who was repeatedly beaten and nearly lost his life in the long struggle for civil rights.

Trump's Twitter comments early Saturday about the Georgia congressman followed Lewis's assertion Friday that he did not see Trump as a "legitimate"...Read more

'Redskins' isn't the only racially disparaging name seeking US protection

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WASHINGTON -- The California-based Dykes on Bikes, a self-described group of lesbian motorcycle riders, has roared to the support of an Asian-American band called The Slants in a Supreme Court case about the ability to trademark offensive names.

The group, whose full name is the San Francisco Dykes on Bikes Motorcycle Contingent Inc., the group...Read more

Trump says sanctions on Russia will remain, at first

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President-elect Donald Trump would keep sanctions imposed by the Obama administration against Russia in place "for a period of time," he told the Wall Street Journal.

He said he would lift them should Russian President Vladimir Putin prove that he can be an ally.

"If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have ...Read more

Ethics chief scolded as Congress squares off over Trump's plans

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WASHINGTON -- An unusual rebuke of President-elect Donald Trump by the top U.S. ethics official has touched off a partisan clash in Congress, where lawmakers are preparing for battle over how Trump is handling potential conflicts of interest in his business empire.

In a letter Thursday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Utah Republican who chairs the ...Read more

Trump's approach might seem new, but Schwarzenegger tried it first

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump may have mocked the rocky debut of successor Arnold Schwarzenegger in the faux-boardroom chair of "The Celebrity Apprentice," but as he makes his own start in the Oval Office, Trump could find he has a few things to learn from his reality TV replacement.

Long before Schwarzenegger inherited the role of...Read more

Trump said to consider another Thiel associate to lead FDA

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WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump is considering former biotechnology industry executive Balaji Srinivasan to lead the Food and Drug Administration, according to people familiar with the matter, putting another candidate in the running who is aligned with venture capitalist Peter Thiel.

Srinivasan co-founded Counsyl Inc. and helped ...Read more

Rep. John Lewis to skip Trump inauguration

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WASHINGTON -- Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis will not attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, charging that Trump's presidency is illegitimate.

"I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president," the Georgia Democrat told NBC's "Meet the Press with Chuck Todd" in an interview to air this Sunday. "I think the Russians ...Read more

Lockheed CEO tells Trump company will add 1,800 F-35 jobs in Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson emerged from a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump Friday pledging to bring down the cost of the F-35 Lightning II and pledging to hire more than 1,800 additional workers at the Fort Worth plant.

Trump has been in a dogfight with Lockheed Martin over the F-35 program, questioning ...Read more

Maine Democrat to Trump: L.L. Bean doesn't need your help

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WASHINGTON -- Liberals should not be boycotting L.L. Bean just because a board member supported Donald Trump, Maine's sole Democrat in Congress, Rep. Chellie Pingree, said Friday.

"It's a great company and those are American-made boots," said Pingree, who can often be spotted strolling through the House with one of the Maine-based company's ...Read more

Justice Department investigators will probe FBI actions during presidential campaign

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WASHINGTON -- The FBI's controversial actions during the 2016 presidential campaign will be investigated by the Justice Department's internal watchdog agency, officials revealed Thursday.

In the latest twist to a melodramatic political yarn, the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General said it would review "allegations regarding certain...Read more